The weather outside is definitely looking frightful this time of year. That means rather than going outside to get out and about, people are going to be looking more for ways to have fun while they stay indoors and stay warm. That is just one of so many reasons that record labels churn out so many live recordings each year. The problem with all of those recordings is that while some are truly standout offerings, others are otherwise forgettable space fillers used to fulfill contractual obligations for the given acts. Presented today are some of the best of this year’s new live recordings.
Whereas Phil’s Picks already presented the year’s top new live CD recordings, this time Phil’s Picks is presenting the year’s top new live DVDs and Blu-rays. A lot of thought and consideration went into this list. The concerts’ set lists, the bands’ performances, the cinematography and audio mix all went into consideration for this list as did the recordings’ companion booklets or lack thereof. So it goes without saying that it wasn’t an easy list to assemble. But this critic tried.
As always, the list presented here includes not just this critic’s list of the year’s top new live DVDs and BDs but five honorable mention titles for a total of 15 recordings. Without any further ado, here for you, is Phil’s Picks 2016 Top 10 New Live DVDs/BDs.
PHIL’S PICKS 2016 TOP 10 NEW LIVE DVDs/BDs
1. Santana – Santana IV Live at the House of Blues Las Vegas
2. KISS – KISS Rocks Vegas
3. Joe Bonamassa – Live at the Greek Theatre
4. Judas Priest – Battle Cry
5. Motley Crue – The End Live in Los Angeles
6. The Rolling Stones – Havana Moon
7. Deep Purple – Live at the NEC
8. Melody Gardot – Live in Paris
9. Gregory Porter – Live in Berlin
10. Scorpions – Live in Munich
11. Alan Jackson – Live at Red Rocks
12. Michael Schenker’s Temple of Rock – Rock on a Mission – Live in Madrid
13. Saxon – Feel Your Power
14. Imagine Dragons – Smoke + Mirrors Live
15. Fall Out Boy – The Boys of Zummer Tour – Live in Chicago